Category Archives: Parks & Trails

BADEN and the Vienna Woods or just take a Bath

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Taking the family out on a day hike in the Vienna Woods is a great way to get out of the house for a day.

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The wide paths make it easy to avoid stares if you are pushing a stroller. Longer and steeper paths can also be found for those who like to hike.

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Another attraction is to stroll around the quaint city.

For more information see:

Wikipedia

Take a bath

Google Map

Day trip to Kahlenberg

One of the most visited day trip locations near Vienna is Kahlenberg. It has a vast view of the city and lots of easy hiking trails for the whole family.

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The drive to the top is also easy or you can choose to hike.

 

For more information see: Heavenly views from the Kahlenberg

And http://www.kahlenberg.eu/en

Google Map

Waldseil Park

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Waldseil Park in Kahlenberg is a great place for a family day trip. It’s almost as adventurous as Zip Lining, but well organized, and quite safe.

They have a English language website for the latest information: http://www.waldseilpark-kahlenberg.at/en/

 

 

 

Hiking the Hagenbachklamm

On this first sunny Sunday of 2014, we hiked the Hagenbachklamm, a regional park located just north of Maria Gugging/Klosterneuberg, about half an hour from downtown Vienna.  Parking is located at the Parkplatz Hagenbachklamm on the B14 near St. Andrä-Wördern.

The trail through the gorge.

The trail through the gorge.

From the Parkplatz, there is a well-kept walking trail that follows the path of a creek through the “klamm,” or gorge.  It is listed as a family-friendly path, and it is, but I would not try to bring a stroller on it. Also, there are some places where the trail is narrow with a good drop on one side, where I would personally keep a good grip on a toddler or preschooler.

Crocuses!

Crocuses!

We did not follow the main park trail all the way. Instead we used this map from a hiking website which took us on a longer circuit with a more varied terrain. But it was still a pretty easy hike, and of course, there was a Gasthaus conveniently located along the way!

Food that-a-way.

Food that-a-way.

Gasthaus Strasshofer in Hintersdorf is a friendly, inexpensive little place with some wicked cevapcici on offer. Also, the first breaded and fried ham and cheese palatschinken we have every seen. Only in Austria.

Cevapcici with fries. Good thing we were hiking.

Cevapcici with fries. Good thing we were hiking.

There is also a refuge for birds of prey located in the gorge. When we passed by, staffers were showing some great big falcons to a bunch of very interested kids. Pony rides are also available, and there is a playground nearby.

One of several "Indian" wood carvings in and around the bird refuge.

One of several “Indian” wood carvings in and around the bird refuge.

The whole circuit took us about three hours, including lunch. It was a great way to get out and enjoy the sun!

Another section of the trail, which leads through several farms.

Another section of the trail, which leads through several farms.

Hagenbachklamm Nature Reserve
Park Website (German only)

Reviewed by Kelly

Vienna City Hiking Trails

The city of Vienna maintains a network of thirteen walking/hiking trails within the city limits (Stadtwanderwegs).  They are numbered and marked with wooden trail signs as well as “blazes” painted on trees and signposts.

Most of the trails are paved or gravel-surfaced and can be used year-round, or close to it. And they are all accessible by public transit as far as I know. We’ve hiked several of them. The trails offer beautiful views, interesting wildlife, and plenty of exercise!

Special bonus: there is nearly always a restaurant, heuriger or hutte along the way offering refreshments.  When I get back to the States, I don’t know I am going to hike without coffee and strudel!

Typical trailside restaurant.

Typical trailside restaurant.

While the trails are great, the signage is not so great. The unpainted wooden arrows can be hard to see, and sometimes side trails lead off the main path to confuse you. (We have often run into Viennese hikers who are having the same trouble navigating that we are.)

But, don’t let a little directional challenge stop you from enjoying the trails! Before hiking, visit the Stadtwanderwegs website. Click the trail you want to hike and print out the map as well as the list of streets or intersections on the route. Bring along a map app on your phone or a paper map for backup. You’ll be fine.

Farm along the route.

Farm along the the Bisamberg trail.

Recently, I hiked Trail Number 5, the Bisamberg route, with a group. The trail starts in Stammersdorf, at the end of tram line 31.  It’s a good, two-hour, 10K hike with a healthy climb up the “berg” through fields of rye, fruit orchards, and vineyards, rewarded with gorgeous views over the city from the top.

Apricot orchard beside the trail.

Apricot orchard beside the trail.

Bring water, as there is nowhere to buy it along the way, and sunscreen. Also, use bug spray if walking through a bit of uncut grass concerns you. There is a public toilet at the tram stop which is not so nice, but will do in a pinch, and a small restaurant, the Genusshuette, about halfway along the trail where one could stop for coffee or lunch and a bathroom after it opens at 11 a.m. (Be aware that the Stammersdorf heurigers do not typically open until about 3 p.m.)

View from the top of the Bisamberg.

View from the top of the Bisamberg.

Other trails we have tried and enjoyed are:

Number One, Kahlenberg. We found this trail to be kind of hard to follow. But, it’s mostly in the woods, which makes it good for a hot day.

Number Two, Hermannskogel. This trail covers the hills above Grinzing and is nearly all paved.  Great views, and you can finish up with hearty game dishes and cold beer at Waldgrill Cobenzl if you like.

Number 8, the Sophienalpe. Located on a former Hapsburg princess’ country estate, this trail is paved for most of the way and mostly sunny.  A good hike for a spring or fall day–it could be pretty warm in the summer.  Beautiful pastoral view from the Franz-Josef Fernsicht (overlook). Popular with families.

Number 9, the Prater. This trail is entirely flat, but not all paved. It’s easy to just hike a part of it if you want because you are never very far from public transportation. And there is plenty of food and drink available in the park compared to other trails. Several public toilets as well.

Note that we have found that the time estimates on the Stadtwanderwegs website are very generous for a reasonably fit person. We normally complete the trails in a little more than half the time estimated. Perhaps the city website estimate allows for lunch and a beer or two? ?